A physique believed to be Miya Marcano, a 19-year-old school scholar who was reported lacking final month, was present in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, the authorities mentioned.
Ms. Marcano had been lacking since Sept. 24, when she was final seen in a purple shirt and denims on the Arden Villas residence advanced in Orlando, the place she labored and lived, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office mentioned.
On Saturday, searchers discovered what they believed to be Ms. Marcano’s physique in a wooded space close to Tymber Skan flats in Orlando, about 20 miles from the residence advanced the place she lived, the authorities mentioned.
“Our hearts are damaged,” John W. Mina, the Orange County sheriff, mentioned at a information convention on Saturday.
Valencia Faculty, the place Ms. Marcano was a scholar, mentioned in an announcement that “your entire Valencia group is grieving the lack of one in every of our personal.”
The sheriff mentioned officers couldn’t but determine a reason for dying. “Though we’re very sure of the id, the optimistic identification could have to come from the medical expert’s workplace,” he mentioned.
The authorities have mentioned that Armando Manuel Caballero, 27, was a “particular person of curiosity” in Ms. Marcano’s disappearance. Mr. Caballero was a upkeep employee on the Arden Villas flats and had expressed a romantic curiosity in Ms. Marcano however she “repeatedly rebuffed” him, Sheriff Mina mentioned at a information convention on Thursday.
Mr. Caballero had initially instructed investigators that he final noticed Ms. Marcano at 3 p.m. on the day she was final seen.
Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for him as a result of a maintenance-issued grasp key fob, which Mr. Caballero was identified to be in possession of, was used to enter Ms. Marcano’s residence on the Friday afternoon she was final seen, the sheriff mentioned.
On Sept. 27, officers discovered Mr. Caballero lifeless from what appeared to be suicide within the Camden Membership Flats in an Orlando suburb. The sheriff’s workplace then labeled him the prime suspect in her disappearance.
Cellphone information confirmed Mr. Caballero was close to the Tymber Skan flats — the place the stays believed to be Ms. Marcano’s have been discovered — on the night time that she was reported lacking.
“He was there for about 20 minutes,” Sheriff Mina mentioned. “Nothing within the information point out that he ever returned there prior to killing himself.”
Greater than 60 detectives had been engaged on the case. Search efforts spanned three counties and included 175 individuals, helicopters and dive groups. The F.B.I. introduced on Friday that it was serving to the sheriff’s workplace with the case.
Sheriff Mina mentioned officers believed “fairly conclusively” that Mr. Caballero was accountable, including that they’d not be searching for different individuals in connection to the case.
“As a group, as a sheriff, as a father, clearly we’re grieving the lack of Miya,” he mentioned. “Once more, we are able to’t think about the ache and anguish that Miya’s dad and mom, household and family members and mates — actually our whole group — have gone by way of and can proceed to undergo.”
On Saturday morning, Ms. Marcano’s father, Marlon Marcano, mentioned on Instagram that his coronary heart was damaged. “I want it to be complete once more,” he mentioned.
Ms. Marcano’s disappearance follows that of Gabrielle Petito, a white girl who was reported lacking final month and whose extensively publicized case raised new questions in regards to the tens of 1000’s of ladies and women — a lot of them Black, Latina or Indigenous — who’re reported lacking annually and go unnoticed.